Dingell and Boucher say they want one law for the whole country, not separate laws in each state. Dingell states:
Unlike local air pollution, which can be cleaned up by requiring cleaner cars to be sold in that area, climate change is a much larger problem that must be addressed nationally and internationally.
Of course, he is right. But Dingell and Boucher are up to no good. They want to keep requirements on American car manufacturers to a minimum. Some lawmakers say that Dingell, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Boucher, the chairman of the key subcommittee writing tthis bill, are trying to overturn the recent Supreme Court decision that EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
California Governor Schwarzenegger, a Republican, is upset with these 2 Democrats. He and 8 other governors sent a letter to Boucher that said:
While federal action is necessary and long overdue on climate change, Congress must not deny states the right to pursue solutions in the absence of federal policy.
It's a shame that Dingell and Boucher are kowtowing to car manufacturers, when they should be working for the benefit of all Americans. They should be leading the fight, together with Speaker Pelosi, to reduce global warming. At the very least, the average miles per gallon of gasoline a car gets should be raised to 50 or 60 by 2010 - not 36 miles per gallon for passenger cars after 2021 and 30 mpg for trucks after 2024, as these guys want.
By 2020 we should have phased out most gasolione use.
Write to your representative and let him or her know that straying Democrats Dingell and Boucher must be stopped.